Blue Anchor Inn
“Historic thatched free house with a smuggling past” - AA Inspector
EAST ABERTHAW, VALE OF GLAMORGAN
Trading since 1380 – thus undoubtedly one of the oldest pubs in Wales – the Blue Anchor has, since 1941, been run by four generations of the Coleman family. Its name comes from the blue marl (mud) which coated the anchors of vessels in the nearby Bristol Channel. A warmly traditional warren of small, low-beamed rooms with open fires includes a large inglenook. Wadworth 6X and Wye Valley Hereford Pale Ale are among the four house beers, with a guest alongside. In the bar and upstairs restaurant starters include home-cured whisky and treacle salmon; and spiced salt beef with Dijon mustard and pickled onions. For the next course, try deep-fried fillet of line-caught cod; honey-glazed slow-cooked belly pork; fragrant Thai green chicken curry; or roasted butternut squash gnocchi. Sheltered seating is outside.
- Children welcome
- Free Wifi
- Open all year
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About The area
Discover Vale of Glamorgan
Stretching 14 miles on the coastline of south Wales, Glamorgan Heritage Coast was one of Britain’s first designated heritage coastlines. The project, launched in 1973, covers a 14-mile stretch of coastline incorporating Porthcawl (in neighbouring Bridgend), Dunraven Park, Monknash Coast, St Donats, Summerhouse Point and the cheerful beach holiday resort of Barry Island.
Featuring striking coastal countryside and lush green hills, the aim is to conserve the ‘unique character of its landscape and habitats’ for future generations.
Inland from here, tucked beneath the M4 and with Cardiff looming to the east, is the Vale of Glamorgan county borough – mostly known as The Vale. It’s a primarily rural and agricultural area and in 2003 – perhaps partly helped by its proximity to Cardiff – was determined to be the wealthiest area in Wales. Its main town is Barry, most famously the setting for the TV sitcom Gavin & Stacey. It’s still a popular seaside town, as is the Victorian resort of Penarth, further up the coast.
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